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Panelist Bio


U.S. Congressman Bill Cassidy, M.D.
(R), Baton Rouge

Congressman Bill Cassidy is a lifelong public servant. He is a physician, a teacher, a community leader, father, and husband.

As an associate professor of medicine with Louisiana State University, Bill has provided care for uninsured patients and taught doctors in training at Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge for the last twenty years.

In addition to his work at Earl K. Long, Bill co-founded the Greater Baton Rouge Community Clinic, a clinic providing free health care to the working uninsured through an innovative virtual approach that partners needy patients with doctors who provide care free of charge. Bill has also pioneered school-based public health programs to vaccinate children against Hepatitis B. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Bill led a group of health care volunteers to convert an abandoned K-Mart building into an emergency health care facility, providing basic health care to hurricane evacuees.

Raised in Baton Rouge, Bill is the fourth son of Jim and Betty Cassidy. He attended Tara High School, LSU, and LSU Medical School. His father sold life insurance. His brothers are Jim, David, and Steve.

He met his wife, Laura Layden Cassidy, during his medical training. Laura is also a physician. She was formerly the Chief of Surgery at Earl K. Long Hospital and later entered private practice treating breast cancer. Bill and Laura attend church at Chapel On The Campus. They have three children, Will, Meg, and Kate.

Before his election to serve Louisiana’s Sixth District in the House Representatives, Bill served in the Louisiana State Senate. In the Louisiana Senate, Bill helped pass a sweeping ethics reform package, opposed efforts to give state lawmakers a pay raise, and sponsored legislation to ensure an equitable distribution of health care resources for uninsured Louisiana patients statewide.

In the U.S. House, Bill serves on the Energy & Commerce Committee and its subcommittees on Health; Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade; and Environment and the Economy. He is a member of the Republican Study Committee and serves as an Assistant Whip for the House Republican Conference.

Current Topic


     05/18 - News About the News

How can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference?
According to the 2018 Louisiana Survey, when it comes to trusting news organizations, more Louisiana residents put their faith in local media than national media outlets. Despite that trust, only 36 percent of the state’s news consumers say local news deals fairly with both sides.

So, why is there so much mistrust of the news media? What role has the downsizing of traditional media played in creating a gap in coverage and possibly, community trust? Where are consumers primarily getting their news? And, how can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “News about the News” airing Wednesday, May 23 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, May 22)

Our panelists are:
• Len Apcar, Wendell Gray Switzer Jr. Endowed Chair in Media Literacy, LSU Manship School
• Jarvis DeBerry, Deputy Opinion Editor, New Orleans Times-Picayune
• Peter Kovacs, Editor, The Advocate
• Lance Porter, Director, LSU Social Media Analysis & Creation Lab

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and journalist and political historian, Bob Mann moderate the discussion. The program features interviews with Michael Henderson, director of the LSU Public Policy Research Lab; Ray Pingree, Associate Professor wth the LSU Manship School of Communication; John DeSantis, Senior Staff Writer for The Houma Times and Judi Terzotis, president of The Advocate.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
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